As it is the last year before F1 undergoes a spectacular reversal, we are kicking off the new decade with several figures in a quite delicate situation.
Ferrari Renault Williams: under pressure?. Of course, it’s very rare that we find no question marks hanging over the drivers and the team management, but considering that it’s the end of an era, we’re hoping that this particular moment can provide us with as many answers as can be before embarking on a new challenge.
With that in mind, you’ll find below three F1 figures that really need to do an amazing job during the 2020 season.
A man known for avoiding all scandals, 2020 has got to be the year when Cyril Abiteboul’s Renault will have to prove itself, or else it will be removed. The half-decade he had, is in no way enough to turn the ship around. And yet 2019 has again embarrassingly defeated them by a Mclaren client team, while the gap with the avant-garde remains the same.
If Abiteboul wants to be the one who brings this team back to the rank of champion, not to mention convincing Daniel Ricciardo to extend his stay beyond this season. He seriously must begin showing off results, otherwise it’ll be impossible to keep him.
If Vettel is under pressure, so is his boss Binotto. Under his leadership last year, the team was simply disappointing, due to a roaming car and a far from ideal interaction between its two drivers.
As we witnessed with Marco Mattiacci in 2014, the Scuderia is not always patient with its team leaders. And this year, if turns out to be more or less the same, he could easily find himself with Vettel among the unemployed gang in December.
Now, with consecutive years down at the bottom. It seems evident that one way or another, something has to change for Williams in 2020. Either it’s put together to become an actual racing team, or the woman who supervised their collapse is withdrawn.
Of course, who would want to take over this sinking ship, although Claire Jonathan’s brother has already been considered. But in any given case, the team should not remain on a path with a final result no better than that of an F2 car.
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THE NEXT RACE 2021
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